Not That Republic: Twitter Users Fight With Fake Account Running Controversial Polls

BOOM found that the Twitter handle @RepublicPoll is not associated with Republic TV

Republic Poll, a fake Twitter account imitating the Arnab Goswami-led Republic TV, is angering netizens with its controversial polls as Twitter users including journalists mistake it for the channel's official account.

The fake account (@RepublicPoll) uses a logo very similar to Republic TV's logo and does not mention in its bio whether it is related to Republic TV or if it is a fan account. Twitter's rules require that a fan account or parody account should indicate the same.

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Siddharth Varadarajan, founding editor of The, in a now deleted tweet, had shared a screenshot of a poll by the fake account claiming it was a 'poll run by a "nationalistic" media house'.

After several Twitter users pointed out that the account was fake Varadarajan later clarified that it was a parody account.

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We compared the official logo of Republic TV with the logo used by the fake Twitter account and found that they do not match. The fake account is not verified and created on April 1, 2019, whereas Republic TV official Twitter account was created in December 2016.

Republic TV (@Republic) has been conducting polls on its official Twitter handle.

The fake account has been regularly tweeting these polls, and while writing the article, it has 244 tweets, all of which are controversial polls. It currently has 2,671 Followers, whereas the official Republic TV Twitter account has 769 lakh followers and is not following it.

Loaded Polls By '@RepublicPoll'

The fake account has been tweeting polls on recent issues framing it with an ideologically right wing slant. Click here to view an archive.

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Several Twitter users have taken on the account for its polls. The fake account has also deleted polls that are not favorable to it.

Updated On: 2020-01-07T18:21:45+05:30
Claim :   Official Republic TV Twitter Account Conducting Twitter Polls
Claimed By :  Social Media
Fact Check :  False
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